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Chief Human Resources Officer

Department: 3670008010 Human Capital Services
Job no: 515216
Work type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Human Resources

About This Role:

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer.

The CHRO serves as the university’s senior human resources executive and leads and manages the Division of Human Resources, the university’s enterprise HR organization currently known as Human Capital Services. The CHRO provides vision, leadership, strategic planning, and oversight for human resources throughout all functions and campuses of Kansas State University. The CHRO will establish and lead the university-wide strategic direction for human resources to support and advance our workforce in successfully implementing the university’s mission and new strategic plan. The
CHRO will focus on providing excellent service and support to all constituents at K-State and ensure effective and efficient human resources practices and processes that align with modern benchmarks. This is a senior level position that reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

For a full position description and leadership profile, please visit the office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

For more information about Kansas State University, please view our university profile.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To learn more about benefits at Kansas State University, please visit:

Learn more about the Manhattan community at

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Required competencies/qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Preferred competencies/qualifications:

• Advanced Degree or J.D.

• Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Work Experience:

• The successful candidate must have a record of experience as a strategic leader who is customer and business driven with a demonstrated commitment to customer service and the ability to integrate human resource strategies to improve an institution’s overall programs and services
• Success as a collaborator, relationship builder, and change agent, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results
• At least 10 years of progressive HR leadership in human resources, including experience in key areas such as compensation, workforce development, recruitment and succession planning, performance management employee engagement, and HR systems and data analytics, with some of that experience in a complex higher education environment at or near the executive level
• A proven record of success in an administrative leadership position with responsibility for guiding strategy, budget planning and financial management, staffing and personnel management, policy formulation, business planning and operations, continuous service improvement, and risk management
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively to diverse groups of stakeholders
• Ability to make timely decisions using sound judgment and including others in decision-making processes as appropriate
• Success in fostering a workplace free from discrimination and bias
• Thorough knowledge of federal and state employment-related laws and regulations
• Knowledge of and experience with human resources information systems
• Experience with large, human resource centric ERP implementations
• Experience working with collective bargaining units within a higher education environment
• Experience in a multi-campus university system or a multi-location organization
• Demonstrated experience consulting and advising senior-level executives in broad areas of human resources
• Demonstrated strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation expertise and large-scale program implementation experience

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

WittKieffer is assisting Kansas State University with this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.

Applications should include, as separate documents, a resume and letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the WittKieffer team at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be screened upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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